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State Launches $1.6 Million Ad Campaign to Promote Wisconsins Business Climate and Innovation Advances

Madison, WI (PRWEB) November 18, 2014

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has launched an aggressive marketing campaign that features radio ads in the Chicago and Minneapolis markets aimed at showcasing Wisconsin as the ideal place for businesses to grow and succeed.

The multifaceted marketing plan also includes print and online elements that promote the states positive business climate and workforce, and position Wisconsin as a premier location for business leaders considering starting, expanding or relocating their companies.

In addition, the $ 1.58 million plan includes an online campaign promoting the states innovation strengths to entrepreneurs and investors.

This campaign is strategically designed to reach different audiences in different ways with the same theme: Wisconsin is a great place for companies to do business, said Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the states lead economic development organization. Whether it is online, on the air or in print, we are getting the word out about Wisconsins strong business climate, skilled workforce and dependable business infrastructure.

The elements of the campaign include:

-Radio ads that tout Wisconsins healthy economy and business assets for companies looking for the perfect location. The three 30-second radio spots paint a picture of why Wisconsin is the ideal place for businesses to grow and succeed. These spots are running on leading news stations in Chicago and Minneapolis through May 2015.

-Three print ads and corresponding online ads that specifically draw attention to critical considerations in any business location decisiontalented workforce, lower taxes and the states investment in infrastructure. The ads will run through June 2015 throughout Wisconsin, Chicago, Rockford, Detroit and Minneapolis, and in highly targeted national trade and business publications and websitesChief Executive, Industry Week and Site Selection.

-Online ads that stress the robust innovation happening throughout the state. The ads will reach entrepreneurs and investors and will highlight Wisconsins global leadership in water technology, healthcare discoveries and energy solutions. The ads will appear on websites such as,, and

-A Google ad campaign that delivers the states message to a highly targeted audience based on demographics, geography and content interests, driving engagement through video, downloadable documents and lead forms. WEDC is budgeting $ 1.58 million for the duration of the campaign through the end of fiscal year 2015. As part of the organizations marketing strategy, WEDC will actively monitor and measure engagement with and responses to campaign messaging.

With this campaign, WEDC is helping to build the case for doing business in Wisconsin, said Kelly Lietz, WEDCs vice president of marketing. Our marketing strategy reinforces the In Wisconsin branda bold platform to promote the states positive business climate for companies of all sizes both in Wisconsin and out of state.

Regional economic development officials throughout Wisconsin are applauding WEDCs marketing initiatives.

Wisconsin has a powerful story to tell, and WEDCs new marketing campaign will reinforce the many business advantages found in the Madison region and all across the state, said Paul Jadin, president of the Madison Region Economic Partnership. Our efforts to advance business opportunities within the region will be augmented by this campaigns message, and we look forward to continued collaboration with WEDC to showcase our many economic development assets.

Southeastern Wisconsin has long had a strong value proposition for manufacturing and other driver industries, added Jim Paetsch, vice president of corporate attraction for the Milwaukee 7. And our story has gotten even better in the last four years. Wisconsin has the tools and assets not only to compete, but to win. The states new marketing campaign will help accentuate that message both within and outside our borders.

The new campaign comes on the heels of Wisconsins successful television ads, which aired earlier this year in the Chicago, Rockford (Ill.) and Minneapolis-St. Paul markets.

The new WEDC ads can be viewed online at

About Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing Wisconsins business climate. WEDC nurtures business growth and job creation by providing resources, technical support and financial assistance to companies, partners and communities in Wisconsin. WEDC has four focus areas: business and industry development, economic and community development, entrepreneurship and innovation and international business development. Together with more than 600 regional and local business development partners, it represents a highly responsive and coordinated network. Visit or follow WEDC on Twitter @_InWisconsin to learn more.

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Aubrey Plaza Returns to Ringling College to Screen Life After Beth and Launch Sixth Season of the Ringling College Studio Lab

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) October 10, 2014

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that actress Aubrey Plaza returned to Ringling College of Art and Design on October 7, 2014 to launch the sixth season of the Colleges Studio Lab speaker series with a screening of her latest film, Life After Beth. The question and answer session following the film was moderated by Ringlings Dania Hammad, Student Government Association President and ArtNetwork staff member.

Aubrey and director/screenwriter Jeff Baena first visited Ringling College in March of 2013 to participate as guest artists in a film class and to attend the Colleges annual student scholarship fundraiser An Evening at the Avant-Garde, where Aubrey was Honorary Chair. In May 2013, American Zoetrope picked up Jeffs script, Life After Beth, which starts Ms. Plaza, and selected Ringling alumni Andrew Burhoe 12 (Film) and Stephanie Gomez 12 (Illustration) as on-set interns during the films production. This past January, members of the Ringling team accompanied Aubrey and Jeff to the Sundance Film Festival for the films premiere.

According to Ringling graduate Stephanie Gomez, Working on Life After Beth was an amazing experience both as a creative and work environment. I was a wardrobe production assistant and worked with the costumes and clothing for the film. I studied illustration at Ringling, so my skills lie in drawing and painting. Luckily, a zombie film like this one had lots of blood that needed splattering and I thoroughly enjoyed getting my hands dirty, seeing the artistic side of styling and designing clothing. Coincidentally my most recent commission was for a zombie cutting board for an indie designer in San Diego.

Aubrey, who is best known for her role as April Ludgate on NBCs acclaimed Parks and Recreation, stars as the lead, Beth Slocum, in the romantic zombie comedy Life After Beth alongside co-star Dane DeHaan. Aubrey will next be seen in Mortdecai opposite Johnny Depp and Oliver Platt on January 23, 2015 and as the lead in Hal Hartleys upcoming feature, Ned Rifle, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. She recently wrapped production on A Driftless Area opposite John Hawkes. Aubrey is well known for her roles in Judd Apatows Funny People, Edgar Wrights Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Maggie Careys The To Do List and Colin Trevorrows critically acclaimed feature Safety Not Guaranteed for which she won the 2012 ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actress Comedy/Musical.

Prior to writing and directing Life After Beth, Jeff Baena co-wrote I Heart Huckabees and is currently working on Revenge of the Jocks, which is in development.

Im excited to bring this movie to Ringling … its a very special place, said Plaza. Its a thrill to showcase our film we worked so hard on, added Baena. Offering advice to aspiring creatives, Baena added Whatever opportunity presents itself, take advantage of it. Look for opportunities and do a good job so you have a good reputation… know what your strengths and weaknesses are… and always be authentic and honest and true.

We are so excited to welcome Aubrey back to the Ringling campus to share Life After Beth with our students, said Ringling President Dr. Larry R. Thompson. The Studio Lab has helped us create amazing synergies with the film and entertainment industry that are now creating professional (real-world) experiences for our students. We look forward to the day when we can guarantee every Ringling student the opportunity to work on real jobs with real clients before they graduate, helping jumpstart their professional careers. Our recently announced soundstage and post production facility complex will escalate industry interaction and will elevate student learning as we attract film and television projects to Ringling and to Sarasota.

David Shapiro of Semkhor and cofounder with Ringling College of the Studio Lab, stated that Aubrey is a great inspiration to the Ringling students. Her drive and resultant success encourages those around her to push their creative envelopes. Last year, students had the opportunity to work with Aubrey and Jeff in a Master Class at Ringling, and several were offered the chance to be part of the Life After Beth production as interns. Our vision of transforming the Ringling experience from classroom into career is beginning to manifest itself in exciting ways. Industry internships and direct experience is an integral part of the Studio Lab, which, until now has only been able to be done outside the Ringling campus. Our new Soundstage and post facility will create a sustainable production environment for the college and Sarasota that will soon attract artists of Aubrey and Jeffs caliber.

In September, Ringling College announced plans to build a 30,000 + square foot professional post-production facility and soundstage on land adjoining the campus comprising almost a complete city block. The state-of-the-art professional film and television production complex is tied to the Colleges academic needs and is expected to attract a broad range of commercial production. When complete, the College will conduct filmmaking classes and the Colleges students will work on commercial productions that use the complex.

The Colleges efforts to accelerate Sarasotas economic development as an entertainment production hub received initial support from the County with the provision of a $ 1.75-million Financial Incentive Grant. Semkhor and partners BHS Properties will invest more than double that amount to build the physical plant.

About Ringling College and Film Production

Ringling College first developed its academic filmmaking program in 2008. In collaboration with Semkhor since 2010 the College has provided enhanced learning across all disciplines by connecting industry professionals to the classroom and providing professional level experiences to our students and young graduates.

With the addition of the Soundstage/post production complex, student education will now provide an unbridled opportunity for enhanced economic development focused on the film and entertainment industries, said Dr. Larry R. Thompson. Every year, our most promising and well-prepared students are recruited by the top employers in the world and leave our area seeking work and professional accomplishment. The many coordinated elements of our growing academic program with the Studio Lab component and now this new complex are laying the groundwork with which to retain some of our best and brightest talent and to help us drive the entertainment production economic engine in our region.

About Ringling College of Art and Design

Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree the following disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Film, Fine Arts, Game Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located on Floridas Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus enrolls nearly 1,300 students from 44 states and 50 countries.

Printing in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 03, 2014

The Printing industry, which includes large commercial printers and local print shops, endured a variety of challenges over the past five years. Consumers are increasingly favoring digital alternatives to printed materials, such as online media. Accordint to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Omar Khedr, for many media products, printed text has become too slow and costly to produce. Moreover, during the past five years, demand for print advertisements, a key demand driver for this industry, has consistently fallen. As a result, newer forms of media, including digital, have been siphoning demand from this industry. Consequently, the Printing industry is in decline, and revenue is expected to decrease during the five years to 2014. In 2014, revenue is expected to decrease, hindered by an increase in the price of paper.

Decreasing sales volumes and the application of downward pressure on unit selling prices have also hampered industry profit during the past five years, says Khedr. Printing requires substantial capital investment in new technology to remain competitive in times of excess capacity. Due to the relatively low amount of customer orders, overcapacity has contributed to the long-term trend of industry consolidation. Consequently, during the five years to 2014, the number of commercial printing companies is expected to fall. Industry consolidation has allowed larger printers with economies of scale and access to strong financing to adopt more efficient equipment, while simultaneously slashing employment and wages. Additionally, plant closures and layoffs have caused industry employment to decline during the five years to 2014.

During the next five years, the Printing industry is anticipated to continue to contract, albeit at a slightly slower pace. Industry revenue is expected to contract during the five years to 2019. In addition to expected revenue declines, industry operators will also need to contend with higher material costs; for example, the price of paper is expected to increase during the five-year period. Furthermore, substitutes to commercially printed material, such as online media, will continue to adversely affect industry activity. Moving forward, printers will need to diversify into cross-media products to adapt to declining demand, including multimedia layout and design.

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Big Canoe Fine Art Show Open to the Public October 23 to November 2, 2014 in Northern Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) October 14, 2014

Big Canoe Realty and The Big Canoe Building Group are sponsoring a wonderful cultural event open to the public in their award winning northern Georgia gated mountain community from Thursday, October 23 through Sunday, November 2, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. This North Georgia art show will take place in a beautiful custom home in the new Bluffs at Ridgeview neighborhood.

The Fine Art Event features a significant showing of works by 14 southeastern artists in various mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, pottery, blown glass and glass sculpture. Admission is free and there will be many exquisite works for sale including art, furniture, and quilts. Come view the essential works of:

CAL BREED a glassmaker for over 20 years with a distinctive style and nature as his inspiration. Breed designs and creates functional glass and sculptures.

RAE BREED – a self-taught potter who began her artistic career on Andros Island in the Bahamas in the 1980s. Her stoneware and raku clay works feature unique glazes.

DUTCH – originally a wood sculptor, he worked in various mediums before settling on glass, using the pate’ de verre technique, learning hot glass sand casting, and finally blown glass.

JOHN GECI – a glassblower based near the Penland School of Crafts in Western North Carolina. His vibrant and distinctive line of glassware is J. Geci Glass.

JONAS GERARD – a painter, primarily in acrylics and mixed media. Gerards work is prolific and tactile, as he creates abstracts, other genres, and works with paint, silk, sculpture and more.

PAM HAGAN – a painter using watercolor, acrylics and mixed media, her subjects range from delicate floral studies to sweeping Southern landscapes.

JANET JACOBSON – a contemporary landscape painter, Jacobsons work reflects serenity, her love of nature, and her life in the mountains of North Carolina.

DEHANNA JONES – a glassblower who describes herself as a Glass Minimalist to describe her process. Jones designs are anything but minimalist, and true works of art.

CHRIS MOSEY – formally trained as a potter, Mosey creates fabulous glass objects that beg to be touched.

MULTITUDES – a Blue Ridge gallery representing over 75 artists, specializing in hand blown glass, as well as regional artists in jewelry, ceramic pottery, iron work, photography, wood working, stain glass and oil/acrylic/watercolor painting.

NNAMDI OKONKWO – a sculptor, whose fluid, simple lines and subjects often depicting the female form in action, communicates life, motion, and emotion with his work.

LORA RUST – a potter and pottery teacher who loves working with clay, Rust creates heirloom quality porcelain table and serving ware at her Atlanta area studio.

CAROL SKAPINETZ – originally an art teacher in New Jersey, Skapinetz is now a watercolorist who concentrates on floral landscapes using non-traditional techniques that give her watercolors a photographic quality.

JOHN SMITH – a landscape photographer inspired by the Great Smoky Mountains and the four distinctive seasons in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

ERIC STRAUSS – a sculptor who uses found, forged and fabricated steel to create scenes from nature and the elements.


The North Georgia art show, held during peak leaf viewing season in the Big Canoe gated mountain community, takes place in one of The Big Canoe Building Group’s newest model homes. The breathtaking model and fall scenery make a fitting backdrop for the art show, but there are other works of art to see as well. Three other custom Big Canoe model homes in The Bluffs are available for viewing, as well as a furnished model in the Twin Creeks neighborhood.

Big Canoe covers 8,000 acres of glorious north Georgia mountain scape comprising many different neighborhoods with a lifestyle for families of all ages and sizes. The gated mountain community in the foothills of the North Georgia Appalachians is only one hour north of Atlanta. Big Canoe offers the perfect escape for a weekend home or seasonal residence, however approximately 60 percent of homeowners are year-round residents, many of whom commute to Atlanta for work, happy to return to fresh mountain air at the end of the day.

With lakes, streams, and hiking & nature trails throughout, Big Canoe is a nature lovers dream. Outdoor sports are a huge draw, and the community has a well-developed set of amenities including 27 holes of championship golf with incredible mountain views, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, swimming pools, and a 17,000 square foot fitness center. Dozens of clubs, sports leagues, events, and social activities plus the serenity of the North Georgia Mountains make the established, gated mountain community of Big Canoe a home worth coming home to.

The Bluffs at Ridgeview is Big Canoes newest neighborhood and offers heavily wooded home sites ranging from one and one-half to two acres of spectacular mountain views at an elevation of 2,200 feet. Lots are currently priced starting from the low $ 200s and there is no time limit imposed for building your dream home. Over 30 authorized Big Canoe builders with dozens of appealing and livable floor plans are ready to build your north Georgia mountain dream home in a variety of styles including historic Adirondack and Appalachian, Craftsman, and Western Log and Timber.

Twin Creeks is an intimate, 14-home Southern Living cottage neighborhood featuring a Pavilion and hiking trail that connect to Big Canoes Meditation Park trail system. This new neighborhood is conveniently located near the communitys main gate and offers a choice of mountain, creek, or golf views each as lovely as the others. The cottages, with four different floor plans, start in the mid $ 300s.

This is your perfect get-away opportunity to take in an exceptional art event and tour the newest Big Canoe model homes during one of the most beautiful times of the year in the north Georgia mountains.

For directions and more information about this North Georgia art show and the Big Canoe community, call Big Canoe Realty at 770-893-2733 or 1-866-244-2266.

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Julie Rotblatt-Amrany Featured in Art & Science Exhibition at New York Hall of Science Opening October 11th

Highwood, IL (PRWEB) October 10, 2014

The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany is excited to announce that Studio co-founder Julie Rotblatt-Amrany will have a mixed media sculpture titled Neuron Interface featured in the 16th international Art & Science juried exhibition, organized by Art & Science Collaborations. The exhibition will be held at the New York Hall of Science from October 11, 2014 – March 29, 2015. A public reception will be held Sunday, Oct.26, from 3-5 pm.

The show, titled The Brain, will feature a variety of artwork submitted by artists from all over the world focusing on the theme of the human brain. Separately, and often in collaboration with neuroscientists, artists are using abstract thinking, imagination, and visual perception to respond to new discoveries in brain science. Sometimes, they are spurred by neural maladies that have touched them personally, such as color blindness and dyslexia, or the more serious impacts of brain damage from injury, epilepsy, Alzheimers, autism, and schizophrenia, among others.

An introduction of the exhibition written by Cynthia Pannucci, Founder/Director of Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. explains, Artists have long reflected upon the nature of perception, memory, and emotion to create their work. But recent breakthroughs in understanding the brain, accompanied by its visualizations, are sparking the imaginations of artists around the world.

Art & Science Co-Jurors selected just 27 artists and two neuroscientists of the 156 entrants from around the world. This juried exhibition is the result of Art & Science Collaborations’ international Open Call for stunning visual images documenting original art executed in any media that was inspired or informed by the various aspects of the brain, and new discoveries in neuroscience. An online gallery of the show can be found at

Art Juror, Stephen Nowlin, Artist and Director at Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California remarked on his experience judging in part which pieces would be featured in the show, stating, The opportunity to glimpse diverse perceptions by a broad range of artists working in the emerging field of art-science was both enticing and rewarding.

Many paintings and sculptures will be represented at the Art & Science exhibition by large photographs of the original pieces. Julies featured piece is a mixed media sculpture titled Neuron Interface, and is built of wood, wire, light, transparency, branches, and paint.

The piece represents the many forms in nature which repeat themselves, such as the structure of the neuron; its arms mimic branches on a tree. It expresses the interconnectedness of all things, which creates a web of understanding that nothing is separate.

Julies Artist Statement for her sculpture, Neuron Interface states, Imagine that all of humanity understood that life and non-organic matter in this universe or Multiverse is all part of the same organism/mind. There would be a true synergy of nature and human.

Julie continues, As neurons within our brains continually fire electrical impulses the potential of computer/neuron interface is unlimited. Scientists realize that this technology is already helping patients with differing disabilities, whether it is Parkinsons, Alzheimers, etc. The ability for human thoughts to interface with computer chips via neurons in the brain has enormous potential.

About Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.

Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) is a nonprofit organization with an international membership dedicated to raising public awareness of the intersections of art and science as a holistic way of viewing, learning about, and responding to our inner and outer worlds.

About Julie Rotblatt-Amrany

Julie Rotblatt Amrany is a multi-media artist and a graduate from the Art Institute of Boston, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Colorado. Julie co-founded the Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany located in Highwood, IL with her husband Omri in 1992. The studio is also a school and international center for the full development of visual arts excellence. Her current work uses drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, multi-media and installation as forms of expression to explore space in all its dimensions and wonders.

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